Pastors Training Pastors

Dr. C.N. Willborn is one of my professors at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Lord willing I will have Ancient Church with him during the fall 2008 semester.

Dr. Willborn expresses some of the same thoughts that I have had over the years regarding the issue of training for the ministry. The difference is, he is professor at a theological seminary. Read his article titled Thoughts on Ministerial Education and Preparation. Here is a taste:

This, of course, will require pastors to become manly again—men who take their calling seriously and exercise it fully. Committing what they know and believe “to faithful men” (2 Tim 2:2). Pastors should be men who minister rather than administrate; disciple rather than manage. They are to avoid becoming entangled in anything less than that which will bear generational and eternal fruit. Where is the Calvin and the Chalmers who gave themselves to shepherding flocks and discipling the next generation of pastors?

Even though I’ve only sat under Dr. Willborn for one class thus far, I have benefitted greatly from this man, academically, but much more on a pastoral level.

I will have to say something to him though regarding his post on a blog, since he has been critical of blogging.🙂


  1. Todd said,

    April 18, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    I was there at that conversation.🙂 (and I quietly backed away) I think he was more critical of the novice/unlearned person blogging than the professional. But what do I know? I’m a novice.

  2. Wellington Morris said,

    February 25, 2009 at 1:43 pm


    After reading about your ministry’s training opportunity for pastors on your website, I decided to ask you for partnership and networking relationship.

    I am the coordinator of church ministry of the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL), an umbrella Christian organization in Liberia, West Africa. The vision of AEL is the fulfillment of the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus. It has an active membership of over three hundred churches, parachurch organizatons, and ministries around the country.

    I am mainly seeking partnership and network with you on behalf of AEL, so that the pastors and ministry leaders of the Association can have an opportunity to benefit from your training,preferably conducted in Liberia. I would like for your ministry to come to Liberia and impact the lives of pastors and Christian leaders and their churches.


    Wellington Morris
    Church Ministries Coordinator/AEL

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